Performance and Portfolio Update

  • The Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund outperformed the benchmark Russell 1000 Index in the third quarter. The main drivers of the return difference were the style factors used in the strategy construction.
  • The Fund’s overweight to stocks in the top ESG quartile, those with the strongest ESG profiles as measured by the Pax Sustainability Scorex, contributed to performance. However, stocks with the weakest ESG profiles also performed well during the quarter. As such, the Fund’s underweight to those companies in the bottom ESG quartile offset positive contribution from the top ESG quartile.
  • The tilt towards dividend sustainability factors added to relative performance. Particularly, the strategy’s exposure to companies with higher earnings quality. Exposure to companies with higher profitability and management quality benefitted the Fund as well.
  • The tilt towards companies with higher dividend yield had a negligible impact for the period.
  • Industry exposures, which are driven by the factor and ESG tilts, contributed to relative returns for the quarter. Particularly, an underweight to banks helped results following concerns over weakening demand for loans.

Performance

(as of 9/30/18)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Investor Class0.417.848.7516.96---15.10
ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Institutional Class0.407.919.1017.36---15.42
Russell 1000 Index0.387.4210.4917.7617.0713.6712.0917.54
Lipper Equity Income Funds Index0.095.554.6710.4413.6310.289.7311.40

Performance data quoted represent past performance, which does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. To obtain performance for the most recent month-end call 800.767.1729 or visit paxworld.wpengine.com

Figures include reinvested dividends, capital gains distributions, and changes in principal value.

1The inception date for the Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund Institutional Class and the Investor Class is December 16, 2016.

Total annual Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund operating expenses, gross of any fee waivers or reimbursements, for Investor Class and Institutional Class shares are 0.90% and 0.65%, respectively as of 5/1/2018 prospectus.

Factors


(as of 9/30/18)
Factor Exposure
Total Relative Factor
Contribution (%)

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
2Dividend Yield – Purpose: Captures differences in stock returns attributable to stock’s historical and predicted dividend-to-price ratios.
Descriptors: Dividend-to-Price, Predicted Dividend-to-Price

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 9/30/18)
FundBenchmark
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$199,814M$224,002M
Forward Price/Earnings18.1718.37
ROE22.2618.85
Beta
0.961.00
Number of Securities167984

 


Top Ten Holdings

(as of 9/30/18)
Amazon.com, Inc. 3.4%, Apple, Inc. 3.3%, Microsoft Corp. 3.2%, Cisco Systems, Inc. 3.1%, Johnson & Johnson 2.7%, 3M Co.2.7%, Texas Instruments, Inc. 2.1%, Home Depot, Inc., 2.1%, The UnitedHealth Group, Inc. 2.0% and ONEOK, Inc. 1.9%. Holdings are subject to change.

xThe Pax Sustainability Score is a proprietary ranking of companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance developed by Pax World’s Sustainability Research Team. The scoring framework is shaped by the team’s collective experience and insights on how sustainability impacts financial performance. Learn more about the Pax Sustainability Score here.

Definitions

ƒWeighted Average is an average in which each quantity to be averaged is assigned a weight. These weightings determine the relative importance of each quantity on the average.
~Forward Price-Earnings Ratio or P/E FY1 ratio is a ratio for valuing a company that measures its current share price relative to its per-share earnings over the next 12 months.
Return on Equity: The amount of net income returned as a percentage of shareholders equity. Return on equity measures a corporation’s profitability by revealing how much profit a company generates with the money shareholders have invested.
An Ex-Ante Beta is used for Funds with less than 2 years of performance history under its new mandate. The Ex-Ante Beta is calculated using a multi-factor risk model. Beta explains common variations in stock returns due to different stock sensitivities to the market relative to its underlying benchmark for the current period, not historical. A beta for a benchmark is 1.00: a beta greater than 1.00 indicates above average volatility and risk.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of the author as of the date of this report. All information is historical and not indicative of future results and subject to change. This information is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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